Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Prosecutors want new sentencing for officer who killed Laquan McDonald

Special prosecutors and the Illinois attorney general’s office want the state’s highest court to order a resentencing for Jason Van Dyke, a move that if granted could result in a much harsher prison term for the former Chicago police officer convicted in the slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Their petition, filed Monday, does not explicitly target the length of the 6 3/4-year sentence, which many activists criticized as lenient. But Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon, appointed to handle the Van Dyke case, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul argue that Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke under improper legal guidelines, and note that a significantly longer sentence would be justifiable under state law.
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